Is it time for Deadpool to go back to school?

Is it time for Deadpool to go back to school?

It looks X-Men may be more involved with the Deadpool film than anyone could have guessed. Could Wade Wilson be the next student at Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters?




It’s worth saying that even if the Deadpool film entirely flops, it’s probably had one of the greatest advertising campaigns in the history of cinema. In case there was any shadow of a doubt, Ryan Reynolds has gone the extra mile to prove time and again that he is the one and only Deadpool. There is no doubt in my mind that he is perfect for the role and he seems to be winning over both fans and mainstream audiences. Recently when a hero is met with such fan favouritism, they are incorporated into one of the huge superhero team franchises. Is it possible that we could be seeing Deadpool rubbing shoulders with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto and James McAvoy’s Professor X as a member of the X-Men? One of the TV spots for the film seems to suggest so…

Around the five second mark we get a look at Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, entering the X-Jet hanger, one of the most iconic locations within Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. It seems like an odd choice to include this scene, as rendering and creating the set must have cost the production team dearly, unless the set is going to crop up a little more in the film. We’ve seen in previous trailers that Deadpool and Colossus will team up in the film and that Wade is already aware of the X-Men in his world. It’s very possible that after the main events of the film Deadpool might want to join the X-Men and he could even get an invite to join a team, but I don’t think that team is going to be the X-Men. I think this short TV spot proves that the Deadpool film will end in Deadpool joining X-Force.

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I talked about this theory a lot in my previous article about X-Force joining the X-Men Cinematic Universe, which you can view here, but basically I think Deadpool is going to be recruited to become one of the X-Men’s covert operative. This could see the character become more central to the universe, possibly taking Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine’s place as the fan favourite. This change has already come about in the comics and, with the overwhelming response to the advertising campaign, I can see it happening in the films over the next few years. Still, there are a few things stopping Ryan Reynolds’ favourite superhero from creating a mutant monopoly.

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The main reason I can’t see Deadpool appearing in a central X-Men film is that his tone is completely different to anything the X-Men films have ever touched upon. Deadpool is mature, violent and irreverent while the X-Men are about the serious philosophical debates brought on by the next evolutionary step of mankind. The clash would be a scriptwriter’s worst nightmare and, save a few fun cross-over moments, it would be almost impossible to marry the two styles on the big screen without disappointing one of the fan-bases. Something like an X-Force movie could work as it could establish its own tone. No matter what I’m sure this will not be the last we see of the Merc with a Mouth




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